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Top 15 Tips to Make your child Confident in Reading

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23 November 2020

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Introduction

Do you know that reading for just 6 minutes a day reduces stress by 68%?

This proves that reading is the ultimate form of self-care and it becomes much more important in the case of your child. 

They need some stress-busting activities after an intense day at school and reading is an activity that reduces stress and provides learning at the same time.

Reading regularly will build your child's vocabulary and make them stand out in communication as well as writing skills.

Just making your child read for 20 minutes a day will add up to 1,800,000 words per year.

So reading is one of the best habits that you as a parent can impart in your child's life.

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15 Tips to make your Child a Good Reader

Start early

Even infants love exploring bright colorful pages of touch and feel books.

It is never too early to introduce your child to books and never too late either!  Start now, if you haven’t already.

Reading habit: small child reading a book

Read aloud, often

Repetition helps children to learn and grasp new words.

Even if your child makes you read the same book seven times a day, don’t get discouraged.

This is their way of bonding with you and enjoying the feel of books.

Add context to what you read

Children’s imaginations develop when you leave them with open-ended questions.

For example, ask “Where do you think the boy was coming from?” or “Isn’t this a nice room, what would you like your toy room to be like?”

Be enthusiastic

Don’t just read the lines in a book dryly. Make rhymes, songs, actions.

See how your child is reacting and talk to them about what they have read.

Upgrade your booklist

Keep upgrading your child's books as your child grows up.

He/she may love the Gruffalo as a 2-year-old, but will certainly need more challenging reading as he turns 4.

a pile of books of different varieties for a great reading habit

Keep books handy

The more books you make accessible to your kids, the more likely they are to read.

Keep appropriate books in the house according to your child's interests and you can even make them a fancy bookshelf for them.

Have your child read to you

Reading in front of a classroom can be stressful, so help them by doing practice runs at home.

If you have older children, encourage them to read to siblings.

Make a daily habit of reading

Whether it is around mealtimes, or bedtime, or a specific time of the day, get your child to associate some specific period of the day as “reading time.”

This will help them stick to their daily reading schedule and make faster progress.

Don’t quiz them on the books they read

While occasional questions are ok, don’t make them feel like they have to answer a lot of questions when they’re done.

Reading has to be associated with fun. If you ask a lot of questions around it, they may start to feel like an exam.

Celebrate the printed word

In your daily conversations with your child, try and bring in elements of books you’ve read.

“See how that fish is swimming just like the one in that book we read”. This reinforces the importance of books as a way to understand the world around them.

Improving reading skills: mother helping son to read a map

Find reading opportunities

Words are everywhere, from roadside hoardings to restaurant menus. Encourage your child to read wherever you go so they can get a better command of words.

Mix up their reading material

Don’t limit the types of books they read to the types of books you like.

Let them explore and pick out their own books. The wider the variety they are exposed to, the more likely they are to find something they love.

Encourage book-gifts

Tell your friends and family the list of books that your child wants and let them buy these instead of toys and clothes.

A gifted book tends to be cherished more and is more likely to be read with joy.

book wrapped in a fancy ribbon as a gift encourages reading in kids

Don’t push too early

Every child has their own age when they can start to read independently. And even once they reach that stage, don’t take away the comfort of reading to them once in a while.

Don't force them to read if they are not interested because forcing may push them more away from books.

Check with their teachers

Regularly checking your child's progress with their teachers will help you understand your child’s reading habits better. But don’t get nervous if your child is at a different level than her peers.

Every child is different and it is not good to compare them with others. Reading should be a fun and comforting activity and not something they are there for competing.


Conclusion

in this article, you read about some practical tips that you can employ to improve your child's reading skills.

As a parent, lead by example. If your child sees you in front of a screen every free minute you get, then they’re less likely to think of reading as a recreational activity.

Read physical books in front of them and let them see it as a pleasurable activity. They’re sure to grow up loving the world of books.

If your child is finding reading boring, you can get them some comic books or interactive storybooks that they will have fun reading.

If it is possible, try bringing in physical books rather than e-books as it is more likely that the child will be distracted if they are reading from a phone or tablet.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why is Reading important for kids?

Reading regularly will build your child's vocabulary and make them stand out in communication as well as writing skills. Reading is also a good stress relieving activity

2. How can parents help children to read more?

  • Plan a daily reading schedule
  • Get children books according to their interests
  • Interact with them about what they read
  • Check their progress with teachers regularly
  • Keep upgrading their booklist
  • Build a small crafty book-shelf at home 

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